While chocolate is a much-loved treat for humans, it contains a substance that is poisonous to animals. Toxicity is most common in dogs because of their habit of rapid consumption, but it can also affect cats and other pets.
Ticks are nasty, sneaky venomous little parasites. They are a lethal danger to your dogs and cats, too. What can you do to protect your pet against ticks?
Thankfully, ridding your pet of fleas is a lot easier than it used to be and there is now a large range of 'state of the art' products available which are effective and safe.
Allergic skin disease is a common problem in dogs and one that may be difficult to determine the cause of and frustrating to manage.
Of all the viral diseases that a dog can be plagued by, Canine Parvovirus (or "parvo") is one of the most dangerous.
In the warmer months we are likely to be out and about more with our pets. However, the sunshine can also be a cause of heat stress. You need to be careful that you don't put your pets at risk in hot weather.
Podgy pooches and portly puss-cats are in plague proportions! Our pets are not only living in the lap of luxury, they are lapping up the luxe life and getting fatter in the process.
Rat and mouse numbers tend to rise as cooler weather forces them to search for food closer to our homes, sheds and garages. Be aware that rat baits might be out on neighbouring properties and contact your vet if your pet appears off-colour.
Before you travel, ask yourself: will my cat or dog be comfortable and happy? Some animals simply prefer to stay at home, so pet sitting or boarding may be the best option. If you do decide to take your pet along, you must take as much care with the preparation of your pet’s trip as your own.
Holiday plans can be more complicated when you have pets. Will you take your pets with you or leave them behind? How will you travel? Where will they stay? You should get organised well before it's time to go on your break.
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